Event 29 - John "Razor" Phan Wins!
This tournament is over and it is John Phan donning his first WSOP bracelet as the dust settles. This match had degenerated into a blind-shoving fest and we have it on good authority some sort of deal was reached before the final hand played out.
The last hand was not a blind all-in but started with Phan raising from the button and Johnny Neckar shipping from the big blind. Phan made the call and turned over A♥ 9♠ which had a small edge over Neckar's J♦ Q♦.
The flop fell K♣ 8♦ 7♠ and Razor's ace-high remained best. The turn was the 4♠, no help for Neckar, and the A♠ on the river sealed the deal and ended this marathon of a heads-up match.
John Phan takes $434,789 and the title while Neckar pockets $277,452 for runner-up. Like we said there was almost certainly some sort of deal reached between the two but these are the official numbers.
We caught up with Johnny Neckar while Phan was snapping winner photos and asked him about his background. The 22-year-old from Madison, Wisc., has been playing poker for the last four years, mostly concentrating on no-limit hold'em tournaments with a little side game action to keep things mixed up a bit.
Given his lack of major live experience, we asked how he felt coming into the day. "I was pretty nervous coming into the final table, but once I got settled everything was fine," Neckar said. "Heads-up, I felt comfortable. I wasn’t getting any great reads off him, but I don’t think he was getting anything off me either. I sort of felt like I was playing a little bit better than him, but you know, he got the bracelet and it’s all good. I’m happy with what I got.”
Be sure to read our winner interview with John Phan for the inside scoop on what the victory means to him.
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